We’re confident, says keeper

by Kate Smith

Mignolet looking forward to Etihad test.

Simon Mignolet says Sunderland can take heart from last season’s performances against Manchester City as they prepare to head to the Etihad Stadium.

Martin O’Neill’s Black Cats ran out 1-0 winners at the Stadium of Light on New Year’s Day before becoming the only team to claim any points at Eastlands all season in March.

We have not been beaten yet and the first win against Wigan was very important for our confidence.

- Simon Mignolet

Sunderland were 3-1 up before two late goals saw City come back to 3-3, and Mignolet says the squad can take heart from their four-point haul at the expense of the champions.

“The game there last year was one of the top games of the season, while we had a good win at home, too,” he said.

“They will be on their toes to win against us and it will be difficult, but I definitely think we can get a result there.

“We were five minutes away from gaining the three points last season, so we can go there with a bit of confidence.”

He continued: “We must focus on our own abilities and what we can do.

“If we can organize ourselves defensively we know we can definitely score some goals at the other end.

“We will try to do our best, play our best game and hopefully get something.”

Saturday’s game is a meeting of two of the three top-flight sides still unbeaten – Chelsea are the only other team yet to taste defeat.

The Black Cats have banked seven points from five games so far and posted their first league win of the season last weekend.

“We have not been beaten yet and the first win against Wigan was very important for our confidence,” Mignolet added.

“Hopefully we can build on that result and get more points on the board.

“We have to be happy with staying unbeaten with the opposition we’ve already played, and we have to remember that.

“Now we move on to another difficult game on Saturday, but I still believe we can get a result.”